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ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review


Closer Look:

The driver disc comes with an automated program that organizes the programs and drivers available in six different pages. By default the last page, Specials, is shown and is the Express Gate feature. Using this feature it is possible to do internet, e-mail, file sharing, e-music, photos, and chat. The first page is the Drivers page, there is a button at the top with a wand labeled ASUS InstALL which installs all of them in express mode. Otherwise users can pick and choose which drivers to install, Norton Internet Security 2010 is also snuck in here instead of the utilities page coming up.

Some other utilities are snuck in such as the ASUS TurboV, ASUS EPU-6, and ASUS Express Gate programs, all of which aren't required to get the motherboard running and aren't really drivers. To the right of the EPU-6 and Express Gate are question marks that can be clicked to get more information through an instruction manual, information is also given when an item is highlighted. To the top right are three more buttons, MB, a CD picture, and a note. Clicking MB shows very basic information on the installed motherboard, the CD allows the CD content to be browsed, and the note lists the file contents of the CD.


















Next is the Utilities page, on here are two programs for the Marvell hardware, three more for ASUS: ASUS Update, ASUS AI Suite, and ASUS PC PROBE II. Last included is Adobe Reader 9. The Make Disk page can create AHCI and RAID drivers on a disc for the Intel and Marvell SATA chipsets.



The Manual page has five different available user manuals in PDF format, all very generic but should help if the customer has any questions. Two are specifically from ASUS, the other three are from Realtek, Intel, and Norton. Lastly the Contact page has the address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, and website for ASUS (AKA ASUSTeK).



The TurboV software is buggy, after trying to adjust the BCLK once, it resulted in a blue screen of death and upon reboot I found that the sliders had disappeared. Advanced mode has options for adjusting voltages to the motherboard parts. When loading TurboV it hides in the notification area until it is double clicked, and exiting out sends it back to the tray so to completely close the program one must crash it. This software could use some refining but after uninstalling TurboV and downloading the latest version it hasn't caused any crashing and has worked wonderfully since so it looks like ASUS has done some work since the release. This application could come in handy for on the fly overclocking and fine tuning the system.



The next program is the PC Probe II, it monitors voltages and temperatures and looks very similar to the BIOS hardware monitor. By default the windows are always on top but the setting can be changed, the diagnostics are all linked together unless the magnet button is clicked on a gauge to make it capable being moved separately. The X closes the gauge. The main window of the PC Probe II program can be shrunk by clicking the green side. DMI, PCI, and WMI all bring up similar windows of somewhat useless stuff most users won't need. It could probably be handy if someone wanted to dig for information to learn about their system. Mostly the gauges are handy, up to five fan speed gauges can also be enabled. Personally I would minimize the main program body, and keep only the gauges that are really important.



The last program is the EPU-6 software that is intended for lowering power consumption. Six devices are listed out with blue lights, and underneath there is a ticker that lists how much you have reduced CO2 emissions by using this program. The bottom left box is for mode settings, five ticks are selectable with the left being automated, the second is a rocket for the highest performance setting, jet plane for high performance, car for decent performance, and human for least performance but best energy savings.

This program can only be used at stock, and highlighting each tick will display another pentagonal figure showing how well each mode is suited for the five topics: Tranquility, Convenience, Energy Saved, Reliability, and Performance. Highlighting another tick will cause a blue overlap to display what you could be getting. Current CPU power consumption can be viewed by clicking the current tab.



BIOS time!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup, Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  14. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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